At 11.00 we both went to the third lecture on Russian History. The first of these was on the Romanov Dynasty. The second lecture was on the period from The Russian Revolution to Gorbachev. Today's lecture was given by Alexei, and it was about the period from Yeltsin to the present day. It clarified for me quite a few things.
"Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." Edward Abbey.
We travelled overnight across the enormous Sheksna Reservoir. Returning from Yaroslavl involved passing back through the lock at Rybinsk. We photographed the statue of Mother Volga at the outlet of the lock.
Date: 12 July 2017 Location: Viking Akun on the River Volga on the way to Yaroslavl We are due to arrive at the city of Yaroslavl around 08.00, but I am awake at 04.00 thinking about Brexit! One of the things about cruising is that you are more or less forced to talk to people…
Date: 11 July 2017 Location: Viking Akun on the River Volga on way to Uglich. After another pleasant breakfast we assembled at 09.00 to have a 1 hour lecture on the history of the Romanov dynasty. Well done, but a lot to take in! Around 10.30 we passed the bell tower of a church that…
We headed into Moscow early this morning for a brief tour, including a number of the famous underground stations. We visited Red Square, including the GUM Store.
We had another great breakfast. Wosog tried the French toast, and I had eggs Benedict. We were going on an excursion to the Tretyakov Gallery. The weather still dull but slightly warmer and hopefully less wet than yesterday!
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Martin Luther King Jr
Our first day in Moscow. The weather very overcast: cold, wet and generally miserable! We had a very pleasant breakfast on the boat followed by the compulsory safety drill at 10.00. We got a chance to look silly wearing bright orange life jackets. We chatted with the couple in the room across from ours.